The week leading up to Thanksgiving is always the week that I really begin to feel the holiday spirit. The air is electric. The smells coming from the kitchen are absolutely to die for. The decorations start to come out. It’s my favorite time of the year. It always has been and I believe that it always will be.

Some of my favorite movies are holiday movies. You have the modern classics like “Elf.” You have the cult classics like my personal favorite Bill Murray’s “Scrooged” or “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” you have the classics like “It’s A Wonderful Life” or “White Christmas.” The great films set around the holidays are truly too numerous to mention. But there’s nothing I would rather do on a cold evening when it gets dark so early in late November and December than watch a holiday movie.

On Saturdays throughout the holiday season, the West Pittston Library is running a holiday movie series. You are encouraged to join your friends and neighbors at the West Pittston Library on Saturdays during the holidays for seasonal movies and light refreshments. You can even bring a packed lunch to make a whole afternoon of it! Movies will be announced at the beginning of each week. So, if you’re going to be cuddled up and watch a holiday movie on a Saturday, you may as well do it with your friends and neighbors at the West Pittston Library.

Here’s what else is happening around town:

Corpus Christi news

Corpus Christ Parish announced the following:

Corpus Christi Parish is conducting a winter lottery. To win, match the evening Pick 3 drawing (straight) of the PA Daily Lottery. You can win $50 Monday through Saturday, $100 on Sundays or $150 on the following bonus days: Jan. 1, Jan. 15, Feb. 1, Feb. 15, March 1 and March 15. If you would like additional winter lottery tickets, email needtickets123@gmail.com.

The Social Concerns Committees of Corpus Christi and St. Barbara parishes will be joining forces this year for the annual food drive to help make the holiday season a little more manageable for those who may be less fortunate. Together, they will prepare bountiful bags of non-perishable foods and turkeys for Thanksgiving and for Christmas giving. To help them fill their food shelves and prepare for holiday giving, they are looking for donations of the following: hot and cold cereals, oatmeal, coffee, tea, juice, pancake mix and syrup, pastas, sauces, rice, canned meat or tuna, canned fruit and vegetables and soups. Also, stuffing, boxed or canned potatoes, yams, gravy, cranberry sauce and pie fillings are needed. Donations may be left in the vestibules of the churches.

If you or someone you know is struggling financially and could use help with food and a turkey for Thanksgiving and/or food and children’s Christmas gifts, the church can help. Just email Joyce at jcecconi50@gmail.com or call either Corpus Christi or St. Barbara’s rectories and leave a contact name and phone number and someone from the Social Concerns Committee will get in touch with you.

First UMC news

West Pittston First United Methodist Church services are held at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday. All are welcome.

The church operates a food pantry from 9 a.m. to noon the first and third Wednesday of each month. The pantry also is open from 9 a.m. to noon the third Saturday of each month.

Valley Alliance Church

Valley Alliance Church conducts Sunday worship from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Junior church occurs concurrently with the Sunday service. Nursery is available.

Prayer and Bible study are held 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

Library news

West Pittston Library will offer the following activities:

Toddler Story Time — 10:30 to 11 a.m. Fridays for ages 1 to 3. Introduce children to the library with this half-hour early learning class using a mix of books, rhymes, songs, musical instruments, finger plays and puppets Adult participation is expected. Please register by Wednesday of each week.

Kindergarten Readiness — 1 to 1:45 p.m. Fridays. Become a regular at this weekly early literacy enhanced class designed to introduce children to the library, get them interested in books and develop the skills needed for school like letter knowledge, taking turns and fine motor skills. Spend some fun one-on-one time with your child or grandchild reading books together, singing songs and participating in fun activities and crafts centered around a weekly, kid-friendly theme. Make new friends and learn pre-reading techniques to practice at home to enhance their skills.

Ugly Sweater Office Party Murder Mystery — 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6. “It’s the office holiday party and everyone, from the VP to the security guard is dressed for the “Ugly Sweater” contest. But the party gets ugly when the body of the owner’s nephew is found strangled with his own ugly sweater!” Join in at the library for this murder mystery where you become the suspect, with a hidden background and secrets. Determine who committed the crime, how it was done, and why ... all over dinner. Registration fee is $20, which covers all materials and instruction, nonrefundable. Please register each person with an email where they can receive their character assignments without revealing them to anyone else in the group. This program is for adults. This is a murder mystery dinner, so the topic may be sensitive for some, please take this into account prior to registration.

Holiday Toy Preview — 6:15 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 7. It’s the ultimate “try before you buy” opportunity, but shhhhh ... the kids don’t have to know that! In this station style event, kids will have the opportunity to test out various educational tech toys while grown-ups gauge their interest level and ease of use.

Holiday Crafts on a Budget — 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. Do you want to spread holiday cheer but also not empty your bank account to do so? Is inflation hitting you but your family is as big as the Brady Bunch? Join Kendra to learn how to make three different gifts, great to make in batches and give to everyone on your list, whether they are naughty or nice! Registration fee of $5 covers all materials and instruction and is nonrefundable.

John Bubul writes about West Pittston every week. To list an item, email jbubul@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.

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